Thursday, 2 April 2015


When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger. 

The question is: Do we really need another live adaptation of this tale while we can watch the original animated still? In fact, Cinderella is another live action telling of the well known tale of Cinderella brought to us this time by Sir Kenneth Branagh. This movie is exactly what you remember the story being. Though it shows more of her parents and her relationship with her father especially. This film is in no way like Snow White and the Huntsman or Maleficent: updating tales in an edgy and darker way for the 2015 young generation. It's actually good. There's no big surprises, it's the old good and kind Cinderella we all knew before just told in the best and most grounded way it could, while still maintaining the Disney Magic of the original. However, it drags on a little bit at the beginning but they're settling and building characters so I can understand that. Still some of the characters are a little cartoony at times, such as the two step-sisters, which can make the movie awkward for grown ups. Children are going to love it but from time to time it is quite uncomfortable. However, the movie does a good job showing that she is the best person ever in the worst possible situation, living with the worst people ever. As I said before, it's an accurate representation of the tale I (and most people) grew up with and now it's another live action movie and it is what it is, but there's not much twists and turns. Moreover, Cinderella brings back the traditional Disney experience and I liked that it actually took me back and prove that they still can create Magic. Indeed, shots all look great and performances are functional: Lily James is good and Cate Blanchett is also great in the evil step mother role. This movie teach things like in the Classic Cinderella story, it's about accepting a person for who they are and not because of some title or a whole bunch of riches and objects that they own which is a pretty good message for children. It maintains that message and tells it in a respectable way. Finally, children will love this movie but adults can actually come and have a good time as it's not too childish and there are a lot of emotion towards the end that doesn't feel phony or superficial. 

Overall, nothing is new or ground breaking in this film but you don't need it to be. It will bring the tale to a new generation in a very good way.

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